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New parks leader
Longtime director Jim Wolfe retires this year
page 12
Still safe
Recent activity
doesn’t inflate
crime data
couple adopts
Russian siblings
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section 2
PP, QQ both win;
now a dilemma
McGovern, Sullivan
Grant, Arkin, Hintzke
win school board seats
McNerney tops Andal
by wide margin
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While America watched the celebrations of Barack Obama’s presidential
victory, Pleasanton voters had their own local issues to handle, including
the re-election of Mayor Jennifer Hosterman (shown on Main Street last
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full report on how we voted.
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he freeways were jammed Jerry Pentin was also sinking fast
in the early evening hours as McGovern and Councilman
Tuesday as commuters hur- Matt Sullivan increased their vote
ried home, both to vote and then to margins. Even so, refreshments
sit by their TVs and computers to flowed liberally as the crowded
watch the elections returns. Even room of Pentin supporters turned to
the grocery stores were crowded. president-elect Obama’s acceptance
But by 7 p.m., with polls closed in speech at a much more crowded (by
the East and closing in the Midwest, nearly 1 million folks) Grant Park
almost everyone was indoors. By in Chicago. There were even fewer
8 p.m., you could roll the pro- supporters at a small gathering at
verbial bowling ball down Main Sullivan’s house to congratulate
Street without striking a car (or him on his re-election—some 20 or
a shopper). Unlike
so by our reporter’s
the millions we
saw on television in
could roll the
Chicago, New York
Mike’s pizza parlor in
and in front of the
Raley’s shopping
proverbial bowling the
White House, there
center, Hosterman
ball down Main
was nary a peep
shook hands of
publicly here to celwell-wishers who
ebrate the election
had backed her restriking a car (or election bid, giving
of Barack Obama
and the change
her a third two-year
a shopper).
this has brought to
term as mayor. But
there weren’t many
Still, there were celebrations, but and few stayed very long, all of them
just a bit more low-keyed in a city eager to go home to watch the main
that prides itself on local politics. Up show out of Chicago.
in Kottinger Ranch, a group of 30 or
so enjoyed a buffet at Karla Brown’s McNerney’s party at the I.B.E.W.
home while watching the national union hall in Dublin lacked the usual
festivities but also staying a to com- spark of victory parties McNerney
puter laptop showing the slowly- has held here in the past. Although
changing numbers of candidates he was late arriving at his own
and issues in Tuesday’s election. At party, the 400-500 who came and
the party were Brown’s associates left through the evening at least
who championed Measure PP, the enjoyed a tasty buffet. Surrounded
hillside protection plan that gained by network and regional TV cammomentum and approval as the votes eras, he was hardly visible to most
were counted and posted online. in the room, who had already
Also there was Councilwoman learned of his whopping lead over
Cindy McGovern, who celebrated, Republican challenger Dean Andal
too, as returns showed her taking a of Stockton. Riding on the groundcommanding lead in her council re- swell of Democratic victories and
election bid. Valerie Arkin also cel- celebrations across the country, this
ebrated a win to a school board seat. race seemed almost inconsequenNot so pleased was mayoral candi- tial because of the overwhelming
date and former councilman—and numbers that put McNerney on top
now a school board member—Steve almost as soon as the polls closed.
Bozosky whose losing numbers were
By 10 p.m., with most of the
stuck in limbo but well behind Mayor parties shutting down, I did what
Jennifer Hosterman. The point spread the rest of the local election night
increased as the county Registrar party-goers did and went home to
posted final numbers.
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I would also like to see the country
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Senior Players
are back
Laugh along with the
Pleasanton Senior Players comedy
productions which will run today
through Sunday at the Pleasanton
Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd.
This year’s show opens with “So
Nice Not to See You,” about an
author an her secretary working
in a Bahamas retreat, and continues with “Heaven Will Protect
the Working Girl,” a melodrama
full of colorful charactors and
venomous villains. Tickets are $9
to $11, and shows are at 7 p.m.
tonight and 2 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday. Call 931-5365 for more
Another bank
downtown robbed
Crime data on par with last year; Pleasanton still
ranked as one of safest California cities
by Emily West
ven after a downtown
Washington Mutual bank
was robbed last week, adding to the number of high-profile
bank robberies in recent months,
Pleasanton police said there is
little to no increase in crime year
to date.
At about 3 p.m. Oct. 30, a welldressed man entered the bank, located at 561 Main St., and presented
the teller with a note demanding
money, police said. The suspect,
described as a 5-foot, 6-inches tall
man weighing about 150 pounds in
his early 20s, left on foot with an
undisclosed amount of money.
It also appears the suspect also
recently robbed a bank in Campbell,
as the images captured by video
surveillance cameras in both locations show nearly identical images.
He appeared to be wearing the
same articles of clothing each time:
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Video surveillance shows the well-dressed man robbing a bank in Campbell.
The same suspect is believed to have robbed a Main Street bank.
Food pantry opens
holiday hours
Valley Bible Church, 7106
Johnson Drive, has a food pantry
to serve the hungry in the TriValley area. It is open from 6:30
to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays. It will
also be open at 12:30 p.m. Nov.
23 and at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 21
and 28. The pantry opened last
November when a church member noticed the PTA was preparing three times as many holiday
baskets than in 2006. The church
is accessible on bus route three.
For details, call 227-1301.
available for kids
Fall immunization clinics are
from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday
and Dec. 6 at Axis Community
Health, 4361 Railroad Ave. They
are open to all Tri-Valley families
who are low income or uninsured, including those enrolled in
Medi-Cal and Medi-Cal Managed
Care. Bring child’s immunization
records and information about
family income and medical insurance. There is a fee for some
immunizations. Call 462-1755.
Travelin’ band
PPIE raises $75K
Weekly wins top award for public service stories
Sponsorships and auctions
from Pleasanton Partnerships in
Education’s Bon Appetit event
has raised $75,000 for Pleasanton
schools. The event Oct. 11 combined sponsors, district principals
and a local chef into culinary
teams. Blue Agave Club won for
savory dish and Mahalo Grille for
their sweet entry.
The address given in “Quick
response saves $2M Golden
Eagle home” (News, Oct. 24, page
5) was that of the informant. The
home that was on fire was located
at 8048 Golden Eagle Way.
The Amador Valley High School Marching Band and Colorguard nabbed first place in the Class 5A division at the Western Band
Association (WBA) competition at Gilroy High School Oct. 18 and again at the WBA Live Oak Competition at Diablo Valley College on Oct.
25. The season is off to an exciting start and will continue with a trip overseas to London to play in the 2009 New Year’s Day parade.
Holiday Fund effort, series given 1st place recognition
he Pleasanton Weekly
won the prestigious firstplace award in the Public
Service category among all state
weekly newspapers in its circulation category Saturday from the
California Newspaper Publishers
Association at an awards luncheon
at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in
Universal City.
The award, given as part of the
organization’s 2008 CNPA Better
Newspapers Contest, recognized the
newspaper for its 2007 Pleasanton
Weekly Holiday Fund and a series
of articles that reported on the eight
Tri-Valley nonprofits that needed
the community’s financial support
to meet their 2008 service obligations.
The Weekly, with matching
funds provided by the Tri-Valley
Community Foundation, raised
$150,000, which was distributed
in equal amounts to the nonprofits. They were Axis Community
Health, Hope Hospice, Open Heart
Kitchen, Pleasanton Partnerships
in Education (PPIE) Foundation,
Senior Support Program of the TriValley, Tri-Valley Haven, Valley
Humane Society and the emer-
gency room expansion program at
ValleyCare Medical Center.
The Pleasanton Weekly’s stories spanned a six-week period
from Thanksgiving week to early
January, with the checks to the
nonprofits distributed early this
year. All of the contributions made
by individuals, organizations and
businesses went to the nonprofits
with the Weekly and the Tri-Valley
Community Foundation absorbing
all administrative expenses.
The stories were written by Jeb
Bing, publisher and editor; Janet
Pelletier, managing editor; and
Emily West, features and education
The newspaper’s 2008 Holiday
Fund campaign will be launched
this year on Nov. 21.
The public service award topped
all other entries by weekly newspapers in the 11,001-25,000 circulation category in California. The
newspaper also won certificates of
achievement from the CNPA for
outstanding entries in the Columns
and Business/Financial Story categories.
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Parents to join call to build up teens
Author to speak on 40 Assets that seek to holistically develop young adults
by Emily West
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Educators are joining the community together to support research
that shows essential elements
needed in the development of children. Called the 40 Developmental
Assets, they are believed to be traits
of successful young people who are
on their way to a bright future.
Produced from study results by
the Search Institute, the asset guidelines have been part of Pleasanton
education for some time. Having
educated students at a conference
before the school year, Pnina Tobin
from Amador Valley Adult and
Community Education said they
are being more systematic about
implementing the ideas.
“We have a 40 Assets task force
that’s spreading the message to
schools and parents,” she said.
“We want to make it a 40 Assets
community. It looks at a child’s
strengths and develops them instead
of focusing on their problems.”
From 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, adult
and community education invites
parents and students from fourth
to 12th grade to hear from a senior
trainer at the Search Insitute, James
Vollbracht. Author of a booked
based off the program, “Stopping
at Every Lemonade Stand,” he will
discuss the progress of building
assets in Pleasanton.
“The book offers simple ways to
reconnect disconnections that have
occurred between adults and kids,”
Tobin said.
The goals act like building blocks,
with the idea of adding them in
a holistic and proactive approach.
An example of an asset would be
family support and interaction as
well as raised self esteem. As a
child matures, it is believed that a
teen who has half of the suggested
amount would more easily ward off
any high-risk behaviors, such as drug
and alcohol abuse and pregnancy.
Thursday night’s program is free
and anyone interested can register
by calling 426-4280. For details on
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Storm runoff and algae,
not sewage spill, kill fish
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The first storm of the season and
heightened algae levels are now being
blamed for the deaths of 5,000 fish in
the Alameda Creek, not a sewage
spill from the Dublin-San Ramon
Services District’s Pleasanton plant.
The fish--mainly carp, sucker
and sculpin--were found floating
in the Fremont creek on Oct. 6. A
sewage leak occurred at DSRSD
on the same day. Initially, reports
said 116,000 gallons spilled into
the Alamo Canal, which runs adjacent to the plant and Interstate 680
through Pleasanton. Dan Gallagher,
the wastewater plant’s operations
manager, said Tuesday that the district has since concluded that only
25 percent of that amount actually
reached the canal.
(continued from page 5)
a green-gray jacket, white shirt,
dark-colored tie and a dark Banana
Republic beanie hat.
“It was the same guy, dead on,”
Det. Jerry Nicely said, adding that
the second group of images was
more clear. “He’s definitely a white
male. The video [from the Pleasanton
bank] looked like he could be Middle
Eastern or Hispanic.”
Police said weapons were neither
seen nor mentioned during both
This robbery is one of several
recent incidences in the downtown
area. The previous four were at
Wells Fargo banks and were allegedly robbed by two men who have
since been arrested by police.
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“Only 29,000 gallons of that
escaped to Alamo Creek along the
freeway,” Gallagher said. “The rest
of the water was trapped in the construction site of our new maintenance
facility and didn’t leave that site. We
did inspections and took samples
from the creek the day of the spill.”
Gallagher added that ducks and
fish were still in the creek with no
apparent signs of infection.
Officials with the Alameda
County Water District now believe
that a combination of urban runoff
from the first rains of the season
and an abnormally high level of
algae--two factors that deprived the
fish of oxygen--were the culprits.
“From what we have been able
to determine, it doesn’t appear the
leak upstream in Alamo Canal, any
affluent that got in there, really
contributed to the fish kill downstream,” a spokesman said.
Gallagher said the 29,000 gallons that did make it to the canal
was what’s called secondary affluent, which has been treated twice.
“Our spill was fully treated secondary affluent that had been completely disinfected so the water
that did make its way down to the
creek was actually quite clean,”
Gallagher said. “It’s the same water
that we discharge in San Francisco
Bay every day.
The secondary affluent goes
through two stages of treatment,
removes 99 percent of the pollutants, he added. The spill was
a result of a construction worker
hooking up a new pipe to existing
pipe, with the contents leaking,
Gallagher said. N
Despite the high-profile robberies, crime doesn’t appear to have
increased in the last year.
Prior to the WaMu robbery, Sgt.
Jim Knox said that there has been
one less robbery year-to-date and
aggravated assaults are up slightly,
but it’s not a significant jump.
October marked National Crime
Prevention Month, where the
police department provided crime
prevention packs to the public, with
information on personal security,
identity theft and child safety.
At that time, police said statistics show Pleasanton as one of the
safest communities in California.
Reports from 2007 show the lowest
crime rate in more than 20 years,
with 19.8 Part I crimes per 1,000
people. Part I crimes were defined
as being serious and violent in
nature, including homicide, rape,
burglary, aggravated assault, theft,
vehicle theft and arson.
This year has also proven a contrast years past where Part I crimes
ranged from 23 to 40 per 1,000
One prevalent issue from last
year that hasn’t seen improvement
would be vehicular burglaries,
many of which are easily preventable. Knox said they continue to
encourage people to remove valuables from vehicles, especially
overnight, and to always lock up.
This message especially rings true
as the height of the holiday shopping season approaches and visible
shopping bags have been known to
lure burglars.
Anyone with information on the
WaMu robbery is asked to contact
the Pleasanton Police Department
at 931-5100. N
Of Note
Axis Health receives
$100,000 grant
Sutter Health and its Palo Alto Medical
Foundation affiliate, which has a medical care facility in Dublin, have given
Axis Community Health of Pleasanton
$100,000 to support its ongoing services
to those who lack adequate health insurance or have none at all.
Ben Drew of the Palo Alto organization said the grant represents a portion
of the $2.5 million that Sutter Health
awarded this month to 26 medical and
dental care centers across Northern
California that serve large percentages
of low-income, uninsured and underinsured patients.
Sue Compton, chief executive officer of Axis, said the nonprofit health
care organization will use the $100,000
grant to complete a facility expansion
and renovation project at its Pleasanton
clinic site on Railroad Avenue. Alameda
County and the cities of Pleasanton and
Dublin had previously committed funds
in support of this project, but up to now
Axis had been unable to fully fund the
The grant from Sutter Health will
allow Axis to complete the project and
increase its capacity to provide medical
care to Tri-Valley residents by 25 percent,
Compton said. The project involves the
conversion of an existing office area to
three exam rooms, expansion of waiting
areas and renovation of bathrooms.
“The expansion and renovation of our
Pleasanton Clinic will allow more residents to seek medical care at a time when
many of our patients have either lost their
health insurance or found it difficult to
pay for medical care,” Compton said.
Safeway honored with Fit
Business Award
Pleasanton-based Safeway was recently honored at the Fit Business Awards
Ceremony, where it received the silver
award from the California Task Force on
Youth and Workplace Wellness.
Recognizing the value of a fit and
healthy workplace to organizations and
workers alike, the California Task Force
on Youth and Workplace Wellness
recently honored 78 employers with the
2008 Fit Business Awards. The annual
awards program was first launched in
2003 to private and nonprofit companies across California seeking to recognize business models that promote a
healthier workplace.
Among the innovations implemented
by this year’s Fit Business award winners were health, fitness and nutrition
initiatives tailored to business culture
and employee needs. These included
sponsoring employee sporting tournaments such as competitive basketball
and volleyball to horseshoes and table
tennis; ergonomics evaluations for new
Chalk another one up for Nightingale
It was quite the celebration Oct. 28 as Orville Nightingale celebrated his
104th birthday with daughter Marilyn and friends at Ridgeview Commons.
Pleasanton’s oldest living man can still crack a joke and keeps up-to-date
by reading several newspapers each day. Unable to join the celebration
were his grandsons, who were away at college.
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Weekly’s Holiday Fund issue.
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The Pleasanton Weekly was one of five newspapers that
are part of the Embarcadero Publishing Company group
that won statewide awards in the annual CNPA contest.
The Palo Alto Weekly won three first-place awards in its
circulation category for weekly newspapers with circulation of 25,000 and more, and it also won four second place
awards. The Pacific Sun in Marin County won a first-place
award, with the Almanac that covers Menlo Park and
neighboring communities winning three first-place awards
and one for second place, and the Mountain View Voice
receiving three second-place awards.
In addition to judges selected from California in the
first wave of judging California weekly and daily newspapers for the 2008 competition, the final awards decisions
were made by a CNPA blue ribbon panel that included
Chris Pech, editor, Memphis Commercial-Appeal; Maura
Casey, editorial writer, New York Times; Dave Offer,
retired editor, Augusta & Waterville (Maine) Newspapers;
Barbara King, publisher, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer;
Suki Dardarian, news managing editor, The Seattle Times;
Jack Ronald, editor and publisher, The (Portland, Ind.)
Commercial Review; Deana Sands, retired managing editor, Omaha World-Herald, and David Hawpe, editorial
director, Louisville Courier-Journal.
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Election 2008
Hosterman re-elected
Sullivan, McGovern hold onto council seats; Pentin loses
by Jeb Bing
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by Janet Pelletier and Jeb Bing
Mayor Jennifer Hosterman, who won her re-election bid, talks to Councilwoman Cheryl Cook-Kallio at
Mountain Mike’s Pizza.
Jeb Bing
(continued on page 11)
City Council now must
decide which measure
to follow
Janet Pelletier
Mayor Jennifer Hosterman was re-elected
to a third term Tuesday with incumbent City
Councilmembers Matt Sullivan and Cindy
McGovern also winning re-election to four
more years on the council.
Hosterman was chosen for a third two-year
term as mayor by a wide margin of votes over
her challenger Steve Brozosky, winning 11,875
of the votes cast in the municipal election--or
54.19 percent—against 9,964 votes—or 45.47
percent—of the votes cast for Brozosky.
Two years ago in the same race, Hosterman
narrowly defeated Brozosky by only 189 votes
in a final count that was determined three
weeks after the November 2006 election.
Brozosky, who had championed hillside
protection Measure PP, which won handily,
failed to attract enough of those votes to
topple Hosterman, who was a staunch opponent of the measure.
In moving forward,
Hosterman said the top
priorities for the council
now are to deal with the
“The most important
issues right now are the
economy and especially
the economy related to our
Matt Sullivan
downtown,” she said. “We
are not seeing the revenues
that we’ve seen in the past.
So while I’m very proud
of the fact that we’ve been
able to move five capital improvement projects
toward completion, those
days are largely gone.”
Hosterman said the city’s
financial team will huddle
Cindy McGovern
starting this month to see
how the city government can continue to deliver
quality services, but in a more streamlined and
less expensive fashion.
One move she hopes to make is to find a
funding mechanism to pay off the $1.5 million outstanding in bonds for the Callippe
Preserve Golf Course.
“I’d like to see us in the black on that one,”
she said. “That’s one big ticket item I plan to
A major concern, too, Hosterman said, is
to do whatever the city government can do
to improve profitability for downtown merchants so that they can pay their rent, pay
their bills and stay in business.
“Unfortunately, the (San Jose) Sharks
reneged at the last minute on bringing holiday ice to Pleasanton,” she said. However,
last Friday we all but sealed a deal on a
holiday ice plan for 2009. That doesn’t do
anything for merchants this year so we are
going to look at creative ways to shore up
pedestrian traffic downtown and give merchants every opportunity to make the sales
they need to meet their overhead.”
Hosterman said a recent report by an
economist suggested that the country is on
for four more quarters of recession, to be
followed by a period of recovery over the
following two years.
Hosterman said she will ask the council
to schedule a retreat for early next year to
address financial and other problems, as well
Mayoral challenger Steve Brozosky votes at his polling site Tuesday. Brozosky lost his bid by nearly
2,000 votes.
Hillside protection measures PP
and QQ both came out of Tuesday
night election returns with decisive
victories, leaving the matter to be
ultimately dealt with by the City
With all 47 Pleasanton precincts
reporting, PP came away with
12,787 �yes’ votes, representing
59.81 percent, while 8,594 �no’
votes were tallied, representing
40.1 percent. A total of 11,804
�yes’ votes were made for QQ,
representing 54.2 percent, while
9,943 �no’ votes, representing 45.7
percent were cast.
Because both Measures PP and
QQ received favorable votes from
a majority of those casting ballots, both measures were officially
approved. It will now be up to the
City Council to consider the measures and develop an action plan
for putting a hillside protection
ordinance in place that reflects the
intent of both measures.
PP seeks to ban development on
ridgelines, as well as on slopes with
25 percent grade or more. PP also
tightens the definition of housing
units that is used in determining
what counts toward the city’s votermandated 29,000-unit housing cap.
Placed on the ballot by a majority of the City Council-—Mayor
Jennifer Hosterman and councilmembers Cheryl Cook-Kallio
and Jerry Thorne—Measure QQ
proposed much the same as the
citizens’ initiative, but only after
detailed review by various city
commissions, a citizens’ task force,
an environmental impact report and
final council action.
Karla Brown, one of the chief
members of the Measure PP group,
said she was happy that so many
voters approved the citizen’s initiative.
“I’m very, very excited,” Brown
said, adding that supporters worked
very hard on the grassroots campaign. “Both PP and QQ were
strongly supported by the public,
saying to me that the public wants
hillside protection and they’re
gangbusters to get it.”
Asked what role PP backers
could play in the council’s drafting
of an ordinance, Brown said: “I
would hope that the current council
would draw from the strong supporters of PP in implementing the
measure here in town.”
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Election 2008
McNerney overwhelms Andal
in 11th District Congressional race
Incumbent wins 65 percent of vote compared to challenger’s 35 percent
by Jeb Bing
Jeb Bing
First-term Congressman Jerry McNerney
(D-Pleasanton) easily defeated Republican challenger
Dean Andal of Stockton Tuesday to win a second twoyear term as the U.S. Representative from the 11th
Congressional District.
The district, which includes all but a small section
of Pleasanton’s northwest side that lies in the 13th
Congressional District, straddles the East Bay and por-
tions of the Central Valley.
With 97 percent of precincts reporting, McNerney
won with 55 percent of the vote to Andal’s 45 percent.
In Alameda County,
McNerney did even better, winning 65 percent of the
vote—or 20,880 votes—against Andal’s 35 percent, or
11,399 votes.
Two years ago, McNerney pulled off an upset,
ousting powerful Republican incumbent Richard
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Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) joins supporters at a postelection rally in Dublin.
Grant, Arkin, Hintzke
win board seats
Trio faces tough budget decisions
as state grapples with deficit
be elected its president for 2009.
Hintzke and Arkin will succeed
Chris Grant, Valerie Arkin and board members Steve Brozosky,
Jamie Yee Hintzke were elected who stepped down to run unsucto the Pleasanton school board cessfully for Pleasanton mayor in
Tuesday in what was the first Tuesday’s election, and longtime
time in years that three seats—or board member Kris Weaver, who
a majority on the five-member chose not to seek another term on
board—were up for grabs.
the board.
Grant, who was appointed to
The newly-elected trio will
the school board in
join board members
February 2007, led the
Pat Kernan and current
six-candidate ticket,
board president Jim Ott
receiving 10,960—or
at a time when the board
23.94 percent—of the
and Superintendent John
total votes cast in the
Casey and his staff will
school board election.
have to grapple with posClose behind was Arkin,
sible major budget cuts
with 10,433, or 22.79
as a result of the state’s
percent, of the votes
$16-billion—and growChris Grant
cast, and Hintzke, with
ing—budget deficit.
9,166, or 20.02 percent.
“I’m very pleased
Surprisingly, optomewith the three that were
trist Stephen Page, who
selected,” Ott said.
did little campaigning
“There will be new
and declined newspaper
faces and new perspecinterviews and invitatives that we can tap
tions to join other candiinto. We’re going to
dates at public forums,
have tough challenges
trailed the three winahead.”
Valerie Arkin
ners by less than 3,000
A senior vice president
votes, receiving 6,303,
at Kaiser Permanente,
or 13.77 percent, of the
Grant said his passion
total votes cast.
is for public education
Commenting on the
and service to schools.
Pleasanton Weekly’s
In a pre-election interwebsite, he said he
view, he said his goals
didn’t seek or accept
are to maintain class size
money because he
reduction as well as read“wanted to test the idea
ing, science and math
that a person could
intervention programs,
Jamie Yee
run on the value of his
and to aim for continued
ideas, merit, dedication
improvement in student
to citizen-service, and the value achievement, fiscal responsibility
of one’s experiences.”
and school safety.
Page also topped runnersWhile he is excited and confiup Jeff Bowser, who received dent in the new board, he recog5,679 votes, or 12.40 percent nizes a potentially difficult road
of the votes cast, and Prasad V. ahead.
Rallapalli, who received 3,172, or
“I think we need to roll up
6.93 percent of the votes.
our sleeves and get to work right
Grant, Arkin and Hintzke will away,” he said. “The state situation
be sworn into office at the board’s is a challenge and it’s going to be
first meeting Dec. 9, when Grant,
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who is clerk of the board, could
by Emily West
Jeb Bing
Joan Buchanan joins City Councilwoman Cheryl Cook-Kallio at pre-election coffee in San Ramon.
Buchanan victorious over
San Ramon mayor Wilson
Alamo Democrat wins competitive 15th Assembly seat with 52.9 percent of vote
In the hotly contested 15th
State Assembly District, which
includes Pleasanton’s northeast
side, Alamo resident and Democrat
Joan Buchanan won the seat with
52.9 percent of the votes cast over
Republican Abram Wilson, who is
mayor of San Ramon.
With all 83 precincts counted,
Buchanan received 15, 622 votes to
Wilson’s 13,846 votes.
Buchanan’s victory dashed the
GOP’s last hope of retaining a
partisan office in the Bay Area,
with business interests spending heavily to save the seat being
vacated by termed-out, three-term
Assemblyman Guy Houston.
In the 18th State Assembly
District, which includes much of
Pleasanton’s north and west sides,
Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi
(D-Castro Valley) received more
than 77 percent of the votes cast
over her Republican opponent Lou
Filipovich, a perennial candidate.
In the 20th district, State
Assemblyman Alberto Torrico
(D-Newark) was re-elected to his
third—and final—two-year term,
receiving 72 percent of the vote over
Republican challenger Jeffrey Wald.
Also winning in Tuesday’s election:
Measure WW—This is East
Bay Park District’s $500 million
bond issue. Before the ballots were
cast, there was some concern the
measure wouldn’t pass with voters
wary of paying a tax in a struggling
economy. But with 71.7 percent of
the votes cast favoring the measure,
it more than crossed the threshold
of a two-thirds majority. Measure
WW will finance $500 million in
bonds over two decades by extend-
ing a property tax of up to $10 per
$100,000 in assessed valuation.
BART Board of Directors
District 5—John McPartland
topped challenger Linda Jeffery
Sailors with 60.9 percent of the
vote compared to her 38.7 percent.
Judge for Alameda County
Superior Court—Dennis Hayashi
received 222,457 votes, or 61.36
percent of the total votes cast, or
defeat Phil Daly, who received
136,806 votes, or 37.74 percent.
Dublin mayor—Dublin Councilman Tim Sbranti won the mayor’s
post handily with 9,424 votes, or
84.49 percent of those cast, to succeed Mayor Janet Lockhart, who is
termed out this year. Sbranti’s opponents were Elizabeth (Liz) King,
who received 9.48 percent of the
votes, and Shawn Costello, with 5.73
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Many absentee ballots turned in at polling places
by Emily West
Voters flocked to Pleasanton
polls Tuesday and all around the
county the process was relatively
Alameda County Registrar of
Voters Dave Macdonald said it was
smoother than he anticipated.
“This was one of the smoothest
elections we have ever had,” he
said. “Based on the turnout, enthusiasm and interest, I was expecting
a lot more problems and issues.
Everything went extraordinarily
City Clerk Karen Diaz said they
didn’t receive any calls about voting problems around the city. Two
years ago there was some confusion over polling places, specifically the one located at the Parkview
Assisted Living, as the street name
had changed from Junipero Street
to Valley Avenue prior to the election.
One woman arrived at 6 a.m. at
Precinct No. 520220, located in the
garage of homeowners Alice and
Joe Athenour at 3127 Tokay Ct. in
Vintage Heights.
“She wanted to be the first to
cast her ballot in this election and
waited until the poll opened at 7
a.m.,” said Voting Inspector Cathy
By 8:30 a.m., 69 voters had cast
their paper ballots, which were then
fed into a counting machine. The
precinct has 1,300 registered voters
on its books.
Local and county election officials said about 70 percent of
Pleasanton’s more than 39,000 registered voters cast ballots by the
time the polls closed at 8 p.m.,
with as many as 50 percent of
them casting absentee ballots that
were either mailed to the County
Registrar’s office or were turned in
at polling places.
Compared to past elections,
School board
(continued from page 9)
important that every program and
every dollar has the greatest benefit
to our schools and to our kids.”
Arkin’s work with youth over
the past 11 years includes serving
as a YMCA program coordinator
and as a member on their board
of directors. A library commissioner and parent of three children
in the district, she has volunteered
at Mohr Elementary, Harvest Park
Middle and Amador Valley High
(continued from page 8)
“I certainly hope that the three
dissenting members on the council
listen,” she added.
City Councilman Matt Sullivan,
who was re-elected Tuesday to a
new four-year term, said he too was
pleased with Measure PP’s pas-
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polling location.
Macdonald said there were far
more of vote-by-mail ballots turned
into the polls. While the majority of absentee ballot results were
reported on the county’s website
around 8 p.m. Tuesday, he said that
as of Wednesday morning there
were still some more ballots to be
“Everyone thinks it’s over,”
he said. “What we did see were
record numbers of people voting
by mail ballots at the poll. We’re
trying to figure out how many we
have and there are a lot of votes
left to count. I would be very cautious about anyone declaring victory.”
The county has 28 days to certify
the election and after that is when
more statistics about voting will
be available. Macdonald did reveal
that this year there were about
804,000 people registered to vote
in the county, compared to the last
presidential election when there
were 745,000 registered.
Not so smooth, however, was how
Pleasanton seemed plagued by sign
stealers in the days leading up to the
election. At least one resident reported vandalism, which he believed to
be in reaction to a Barack Obama
sign in front of his yard.
schools. Arkin also holds a bachelor’s degree in health science and
an MBA, which she said will help
guide the district through budget
difficulties. Her priorities include
“continuing and improving the high
academic standards, maintaining
programs during budget challenges
and ensuring the health, safety and
wellbeing of our students.”
Responding to being elected,
Arkin said, “I feel extremely honored
to be elected to the school board. I
am really looking forward to serving
on the board and I feel proud to have
the public put their trust in me.”
A longtime education advocate,
Hintzke has spent the last several
years with the PTA and PTA Council,
most recently serving as president, as
well as education-related committees. Now that her post as president
is over, the mother of two has set out
to ensure all students receive a great
education and the district can keep
pushing for further excellence.
Hintzke said she looks forward
to being sworn in and participating
in the various activities to prepare
the newly elected officials up to
speed on being a board member.
“I’m really excited to be able to
serve in this capacity,” she said,
adding that while it will be fun, it
will also be hard work.
In looking ahead, Grant also said
he commends each candidate for
stepping forward with hopes to
serve the district.
“I look forward to the opportunity to have Jeff, Prasad and
Stephen to stay closely involved
in our schools and participate on
educational committees,” he said.
Jeb Bing contributed to this report.
sage, something he had supported
during his campaign.
“One of the things that this election tells me is that people are paying attention,” he said. “With all the
money that we saw injected into
this campaign, it’s heartening to
me that (money) isn’t what decides
some of these things, that people
are looking at the issues and are
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Jeb Bing contributed to this report.
Election 2008
Keeping Active People Active
Prop 8 passes; foes cry foul
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Several propositions pass despite uncertain economy
California voters saw 12 propositions on the ballot, many of which
were controversial. The most heated debate was over Proposition 8,
which would ban same-sex marriage.
More Yes on 8 signs were staked
in Pleasanton dirt than its opposition, with several volunteers braving the rain to hold up signs at
busy city intersections Monday.
While the proposition holds the
majority vote in the state, 61.9
percent of Alameda County voters voted to defeat Prop 8. The
county’s registrar of voters has yet
to certify the election and have yet
to count all the votes. In the meantime, gay-rights advocates have
reportedly filed a legal challenge
to the California Supreme Court,
calling it an illegal constitutional
With 99.5 percent of precincts
reporting as of press time, other
propositions voters approved were
Prop 1A, the high-speed train (52.2
percent); Prop 2, standards for farm
animals (63.2 percent); children’s
hospital bond act (54 percent); victim’s rights (53.5 percent); redistricting boundaries (50.6 percent);
and the veterans’ bond (63.5 percent).
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as a way to move matters before the
council more expeditiously.
With all 47 Pleasanton precincts
reporting, voters re-elected Sullivan
and McGovern to serve four more
years. Challenger and local businessman Jerry Pentin failed to gain
a council seat in his first try for the
McGovern led the ticket, receiving 12,418 votes, or 35.05 percent of the total number of votes
cast, with Sullivan finishing close
behind with 11,032 votes, or 31.14
Pentin, the third challenger in
the council race and a political
newcomer, received 7,593 votes,
or 21.43 percent. Howard Neely, a
former school principal who withdrew from the City Council race
for personal reasons--but too late
to have his name removed from
the ballot--received 4,312 votes, or
12.17 percent of the votes cast.
Neely threw his support to Pentin
and asked voters to cast their ballots for Pentin. If all of them had,
Pentin would have received more
votes but probably still not enough
to win a council seat.
Meeting with his supporters
Tuesday night at a post election
reception, Pentin said he knew he
would be competing against two
very good incumbents for the City
Council, “and they simply came
out ahead.”
“We gave this campaign everything we had, walking the precincts
and debating other candidates,”
Pentin said.
Will he run again?
“We’ll see when the time comes,”
he answered. “Right now I’m happy
to be continuing on as a member of the Parks and Recreation
Both Sullivan and McGovern,
first elected to the council in 2004,
can serve two four-year terms under
the city’s term limits law.
McGovern said she is thankful
for voters who have supported her.
“I look forward to working with
residents of all ages in the coming
four years as we go forward with
the update of our Youth Master
Plan, Phase II of the Bernal Park,
Wayside Park improvements in
our downtown and our Bicycle/
Pedestrian Master Plan,” she said.
As for the economy, McGovern
said: “We will continue to monitor our financial status while being
fiscally prudent, seek innovative
ways to attract and retain business
especially in our downtown and
continue to make improvements for
better traffic flow and pedestrian
Sullivan said he, too, is looking
forward to the next four years.
“We need to adopt this General
Plan, we need to get some of these
big policy issues accomplished and
I really want to move on to some
other things such as how do we
preserve open space, how do we
implement some of the energy and
water conservation programs we’ve
been talking about and how do we
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Long Beach State University.
Prior to taking the Gilroy posiSusan Andrade-Wax, currently tion, Andrade-Wax worked in recthe Community Services Director reation and human services for the
for the city of Gilroy, has been hired cities of Santa Clarita, Claremont,
to succeed Jim Wolfe,
Chino Hills and Chino,
Pleasanton’s longtime
as well as at UCLA.
Director of Parks and
“Susan was selectCommunity Services,
ed from a very broad
who is retiring.
and seasoned field of
Andrade-Wax, who
qualified applicants
has 24 years of service
for her innovation and
in related work, will
breadth of knowledge
assume her new duties
in recreation services,
on Nov. 24, according
an amenity that is very
to City Manager Nelson
important to the resiFialho.
dents of Pleasanton,”
Fialho said.
which was posted on
In her new posileading municipal and recreation- tion, she will oversee a departrelated search sites, listed an annual ment that includes all the recrestarting salary of $153,456.
ation and sports programs and
Andrade-Wax lives in Gilroy with facilities in Pleasanton, including
her husband Dan, a son Chris, 21, a the Dolores Bengtson Aquatics
student at Gavilan Junior College; Center and the Pleasanton Tennis
a daughter Sarah, 9, and another Center, Gingerbread Preschool,
daughter, Justine, 19, who attends the Pleasanton Senior Center, the
by Jeb Bing
Pleasanton Paratransit Service, all
of the Civic Arts programs, and the
operation, scheduling and maintenance of 43 parks and communitywide special events, such as the
annual Hometown Holidays Parade
and Tree Lighting ceremony.
She will succeed Wolfe, who is
retiring after serving as Director of
Parks and Community Services for
11 years.
“Many of the young professionals
that Jim Wolfe has mentored over
the years have gone on to become
dynamic and successful leaders,”
Andrade-Wax said. “I am thrilled
to have the opportunity to serve the
community of Pleasanton, as it is
my goal to continue this legacy and
build upon the solid foundation that
Jim and the city have worked hard
to create.”
Andrade-Wax and her husband,
who is the Recreation Manager for
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ways to help: greet, inform and
thank community blood donors,
or help post fliers at key locations. Advanced sign-up is required
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Moving on
With both Measures PP and QQ winning voter approval Tuesday,
it will now be up to the City Council to decide how to proceed in
drafting a hillside protection ordinance that will adhere to the intent
of both measures. Measure PP was a citizens’ initiative placed on
the ballot after 5,000 registered voters asked that the public impose
restrictions on hillside development on ridgelines and slopes with 25
percent slopes or greater. Measure QQ was a response by a council
majority to offer the same hillside protection, but only after public
hearings, reviews by the Planning Commission and City Council, an
environmental review and detailed staff analysis. It requires that all
of these actions be completed by the end of 2009. Compromise—or
even a civil discourse—will be difficult. The Measure PP proponents
and their antagonists have sparred verbally for more than a year and
there has been little middle ground. Only Tuesday, a key sponsor of
Measure PP, former Councilwoman Kay Ayala, unleashed a blistering
attack on Mayor Jennifer Hosterman and the council majority. Ayala
said a “hit piece” (her words) against Measure PP had been sent to
Pleasanton voters by an organization funded and supported by the
Democratic Party, including consultants also used by Hosterman and
Councilwoman Cheryl Cook-Kallio. Gratuitously, she told them publicly “I feel embarrassed for you.”
Still, since the Oak Grove development issue, which is under review
by the State Court of Appeal, and the PP and QQ measures have occupied many hours of the council’s time during the year, it’s vital that
our city’s leaders move on to other important issues, especially the
economy and how it is affecting Pleasanton. Already, downtown merchants are scrambling to attract more pedestrian traffic that will shop
at their stores and help them pay their bills, their rents and stay in business. Hosterman, in her re-election statement, promised to assemble
a team of experts both within City Hall and on the outside to devise
attractions and promotions that will drive more business to Pleasanton
retailers, especially those in the downtown. Although the Sharks’ holiday ice rink fell through, she’s met with the group and is nearing a deal
to make sure there will be outdoor rinks and ice skating downtown
at this time next year. In the meantime, city-sponsored incentives are
under consideration to help retailers in the coming holiday season.
As municipalities go, Pleasanton is in far better shape than most.
Major capital projects, such as the Alviso Adobe Community Park,
renovation of the Veterans Memorial Building, restoration of Kottinger
Creek and the Valley Avenue underpass, to name a few, have been
funded or completed. Lighted baseball fields on the Bernal property
are nearly completed, a Phase 2 that includes more sports fields, and
construction of the new Firehouse Arts Center on Railroad Avenue are
also funded. Next year, as Hosterman warns, will be different. Because
of economic uncertainties, all of us are tightening our belts and the city
government, while still holding ample “rainy day” reserves, is hunkering
down, too. Once the major building projects now under way are completed, look for the council to batten down the financial hatches and prepare for a period of revenue that will be less than projected flowing into
the municipal coffers. There’s also the threat, which grows more serious
by the minute, that Gov. Schwarzenegger and the state legislature will
once again turn to California cities and counties to redirect revenue to
Sacramento, possibly with no promise to ever pay it back.
While a resolution of Measures PP and QQ will be a top priority, the
council and city staff must move on to the even more serious concerns
facing Pleasanton and all of us who live here: an economic downturn
and how we meet its challenges.
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In response to the recent
Pleasanton Weekly article regarding
a potential holiday skating rink in
downtown Pleasanton (“Sharks unit
cancels downtown holiday ice skating plans, News, Oct. 24, page 5),
I would like to
comment on the
series of events
which led to our
decision not to
pursue the rink
for the 2008
holiday season.
Let me assure
residents that
staff from both the city of Pleasanton
and San Jose Arena Management
worked diligently to make the holiday rink a reality for the coming
holiday season.
The logistics of situating a 60-foot
by 100-foot sheet of ice in the downtown area with sufficient room for
staging, skate rental, refrigeration
equipment, space for up to 200
people to congregate, plus adequate
parking, was a daunting task. After
considering several potential locations, the only satisfactory solution
was a rink in the City Hall parking
lot. Still, SJAM was prepared to
move forward and make the holiday
ice rink a reality until two major
issues became insurmountable for
both parties: time and money.
Freezing a large expanse of ice
and keeping it frozen for six weeks
is an expensive venture. The cost of
operating a temporary ice rink for
the holiday period was projected at
$500,000, a portion of which could
be recovered through skating fees.
In other cities, this expense is offset
through corporate sponsorships that
are secured well in advance of the
rinkГ­s opening.
In view of the current economic
climate, neither the city nor SJAM
could risk installing a temporary ice
rink that might not recoup all operating expenses.
The city and SJAM are already
working on developing a plan that
includes sponsorships, location and
a secure funding plan to present a
holiday ice rink in November 2009.
SJAM is committed to offering the
highest quality skating experience
for the residents of Pleasanton and
we look forward to a very long partnership with the community.
Don Gralnek is vice president and
general counsel of Silicon Valley
Sports & Entertainment LLC
and represents San Jose Arena
Construction, RAS Construction,
San Jose Stealth, Fremont Bank,
Brian Keller Masonry, Appliance
Credit Union, Alameda County
Fairgrounds, Pleasanton Fairways
Golf Center/Jetter Golf, W.H.
Mayer Accountancy Corp, Hyatt
Summerfield Suites, A Tasteful
Affair Catering, Simpson Strong
Tie, Diversified Capital Funding,
John Lange/Suffolk Benefits,
Mike Lambrecht/Charles Schwab
Inc, Air Serve, Jeff Bowser for
school board, Doug Buenz/Alain
Pinel Realtors, Tomatina restaurant, Pleasanton Garbage Service,
Bibiane Bakery and Retzlaff
Doug Buenz , FAB President
Thank you for support
in Foothill Golf Classic
Dear Editor,
I wanted to thank all of our volunteers who helped make the Foothill
Golf Classic a success. We had
a great afternoon of golf, including a putting contest (winner Ray
Schmidt), the golf tournament (a
tie between Ron Lambert, Jason
Jones, and Chris Camacho and the
Larry Payne, Don McGlinchy, Bob
McGlinchy, and our principle John
Dwyer.) Non-golfers enjoyed a wine
tasting hosted by Erin Vanderzee,
Retzlaff Winery and Stony Ridge
Winery. Guests were treated to a tritip dinner donated by Ken Mercer
(Pleasanton Garbage Service), all
side dishes supplied by Tomatina
restaurant in Dublin. There were
several raffle prizes, silent auction and the grand prize a 52-inch
HDTV. Guests enjoyed live music
by U Get What U Pay 4.
We appreciate you taking your
valuable time to help make our
school, and sports program, the
best in the area. Thank you. A
special thanks to our event coordinators Sharon Shevelson, Sandy
Rowney and Jon Burchett for their
tireless work.
We also want to thank our sponsors, including Hatch and Heather
Graham (ATA Ventures), Webcor
Prop. 8 supporters,
opponents behaved
As one who has been extremely active in the Prop. 8 campaign, I would like to commend
those who have conducted themselves with dignity and refrained
from name-calling and negative
accusations. This issue has been
extremely emotional on both
sides and it has been disheartening to be accused of being a bigot
and worse. I thank the Weekly
for providing a forum online to
voice all opinions.
Jane Barlow, Pleasanton
Community Pulse
Police Bulletin
Operation Director Amelia Funghi. “That disregard
caused two innocent and beautiful animals needless
suffering and the loss of their lives.”
Anyone with information about the incident is asked
to call Scott Sutherland with the Contra Costa County
Sheriff’s Department at 313-2654, or the Alameda
County Sheriff’s Department at 510-667-7721.
$20,000 reward for suspect
in horse shootings
Donations from the East Bay SPCA and the public
have resulted in a $20,000 reward for information
leading to an arrest and conviction of the person or
people responsible for killing two horses and a calf at
a private ranch near Livermore.
The horses were found the morning of Oct. 22 in
a pasture on Collier Canyon road in Contra Costa
County, while the calf was discovered on a nearby
property on Manning Road in Alameda County.
Authorities said the autopsy and witness reports led
them to believe the shootings happened at 9:30 p.m.
Oct. 21. A white Acura TSX model from 2004-07 with
a loud muffler reportedly crashed into a barbed wire
fence on Manning Road around 9:30 p.m. Investigators
said the car would be scratched with a broken taillight
and the driver may be a person of interest
The two horses, named Choctaw and Lucky, worked
on the Rountree’s Collier Canyon Road ranch, owned
by Michael and Marianne Rountree, with sick and
developmentally disabled children.
“It is tragic and frightening that someone would
have such disregard for life,” said East Bay SPCA
Politics appear to be motive
of vandals
A home in the 3900 block of Kern Court was vandalized in the early hours of Nov. 5 and the owners
believe it was politically motivated.
Phil Patrick filed a police report after their Barack
Obama sign was slashed, their house egged and spray
painted and their car tires were slashed. He said it
wasn’t the first time they had trouble, as their Obama
signs were trashed prior to Tuesday’s election.
“It’s a great accomplishment that Obama was elected, but what’s happened to us is evidence that there
is still a lot of strong feelings burning in the hearts of
some people,” he said. “We still have a ways to go.”
Patrick also mentioned that a friend parked in front
of a house with an Obama sign had their car windows
As of press time, police were still developing reports
and couldn’t confirm the number of politically-motivated vandalism.
Oct. 27
Oct. 28
Oct. 29
Wednesday, November 12, 2008 @ 7:00 p.m.
Council Chamber, 200 Old Bernal Avenue
U Input on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the
General Plan Update
To provide an opportunity for public comment from the Planning
Commission on the Draft Environmental Impact Report on the Draft
General Plan.
U Review and Consideration of the Draft General Plan
To provide an opportunity to review the Draft General Plan and
provide comment.
Application for a conditional use permit to allow the operation of
the following at 1262 Quarry Lane, Suite A, in the Valley Business
Park: (1) a martial arts/childcare facility, Monday through Friday,
from 11:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.; (2) full-time childcare program camps
during school breaks and holidays; and (3) evening martial arts
classes, Monday through Friday, from 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Application for a conditional use permit to operate a tutorial school
with a maximum of 90 students located at 5925 West Las Positas
Boulevard, Suite 200.
Youth Commission
Wednesday, November 12, 2008 @ 7:00 p.m.
Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Boulevard
agenda for this meeting.
Parks & Recreation Commission
Thursday, November 13, 2008 @ 7:00 p.m.
Council Chamber, 200 Old Bernal Avenue
agenda for this meeting.
Police Report
The Pleasanton Police Department
made the following information available. Under the law, those charged
with offenses are considered innocent until convicted.
Planning Commission
Oct. 30
Oct. 31
Library Commission
Thursday, November 13, 2008 @ 7:00 p.m.
Library Community Room, 400 Old Bernal Avenue
agenda for this meeting.
Youth Master Plan Implementation Committee
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next regular meeting is scheduled for December 8, 2008.
Employment Opportunities
The Cities of Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton are co-sponsoring
Block Grant, Pleasanton City Grant. Staff will discuss the application
processes, and will distribute application packets. !TTENDANCEIS
one workshop to attend and RSVP as indicated below.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Location: Pleasanton City Council Chambers
200 Old Bernal Avenue, Pleasanton
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Livermore City Council Chambers
To RSVP for a workshop, please contact Tim Shurtleff at 925-960-4016 or
[email protected]
The above represents a sampling of upcoming meeting items.
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44 Church St., Danville, 820-7200.
Executive Chef Kevin Gin interprets
California-American cuisine with
European and Asian influences with
expansive lunch and dinner menus. Add
dessert, wine and cocktails and you
have Bridges’ casual fine dining experience. Visit for
event and private party details.
Eddie Papa’s American
4889 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton,
469-6266. Winner of The Pleasanton
Weekly’s Reader Choice Awards for
“Best American Food Restaurant” and
“Best Meal under $20”, Eddie Papa’s
American Hangout celebrates the
regional food and beverage cultures
of America. Bring the whole family to
enjoy iconic dishes from across the
United States, Old World Hospitality,
and hand crafted artisan cocktails.
Vic’s All Star Kitchen
201 Main St., Pleasanton, (925)
484-0789. Vic’s delivers a starry mix
of American food, fast service and
a cheery atmosphere. Owner Vic
Malatesta teamed his love of sports
with his passion for good food to create a solid dining experience. Vic’s is
open daily 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Evening
banquets and daytime catering are
Red Smoke Grill
4501 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton,
734-0307. Home of the Tri Tip and
Blue, Red Smoke Grill was Voted
Reader’s Choice Best 2006, 2007,
2008. Dine in or take out rotisserie
chicken, ribs, prawns, salads and tri
tip, or pulled pork sandwiches. Relax
with a beer or a bottle of wine. Visit
The Hop Yard American
Alehouse and Grill
3015H Hopyard Road, Pleasanton,
426-9600. Voted Best Watering Hole
in Pleasanton, The Hop Yard offers
30 craft beers on tap as well as great
food. The full-service menu includes
appetizers, salads and grilled fare that
will bring you back time and again.
Banquet facilities available. On the
web at
470 Market Place, San Ramon, 2779600. Featuring a giant 8-foot projection screen for major sporting events,
they also feature 30 beers on tap
and a great grill. Go in for the beer,
go back for the food. More at www.
Fontina’s Catering
349 Main St., Downtown Pleasanton,
462-9299. Fontina Ristorante’s awardwinning menu can now be delivered
to your home or office. Our lunch and
dinner specialties feature homemade
soups and pastas, premium seafood
and meats, and a vegetarian menu.
Now accepting reservations for holiday parties.
Chinese Szechuan
3059 Hopyard Road #G, Pleasanton,
846-5251. Chinese Szechuan is
Pleasanton’s best-loved Chinese restaurant. Family owned and run since
1987, it has friendly service, delicious
food and great prices, including lunch
specials and carry-out. A banquet
room is available.
Panda Mandarin Cuisine
30 W. Angela St., Pleasanton, 4844880. Panda offers several delicious
specials using fresh ingredients and
spices that make traditional northern
Savory Delights of Northern China
Chinese cuisine such a delight. Open
for lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Monday through Saturday, closed
Sunday. A private banquet room is
available. Visit
475 St. John St., Pleasanton, 4260987. Pleasanton’s most romantic
continental cuisine restaurant features
innovative pasta, seafood and meat
entrees, outdoor dining, and a full
bar. Barone’s is open for dinner
seven nights and lunch Monday
through Friday, with live music on
Friday and Saturday evenings. Ask
about our banquet facilities and special events.
Oasis Grille
780 Main St., Pleasanton, 417-8438.
Visit downtown Pleasanton’s exotic din-
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30 West Angela St., Downtown Pleasanton
Open for Lunch and Dinner
With combination of an elegant Banquet room and charming wine bar ideal for rehearsal
dinners, bridal showers, company parties or any special occasion you are celebrating.
3037-G Hopyard Rd., Pleasanton (At Valley Ave in Hopyard Village)
п¬Ѓne japanese restaurant
3550 Bernal Ave., #130, Pleasanton
Santa Rita Rd.
Now Serving
Vineyard Ave.
Main St.
Valley Ave.
To San Jose
Stoneridge Dr.
Vineyard Ave
Tawny Dr.
Palomino Dr.
Bernal Ave.
Thanksgiving at
Family Meals To Go
Meals include four corn muffins and two large sides.
Small Side Salad
French Fries
Roasted Corn Salad
Potato Salad
Creamy Cole Slaw
Santa Maria Style Beans
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Mashed Potatoes
Rotisserie Chicken . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $16.99
1 1/2 pound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $25.99
2 pound. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $29.99
Slab-and-a-Half of Ribs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $28.99
One Pound Tri-Tip and Whole Chicken . . . . . . . $32.99
Full Slab of Ribs & Whole Chicken . . . . . . . . . . $32.99
One Pound Tri-Tip and Whole Slab . . . . . . . . . . $36.99
4501 Hopyard Rd.,
Open daily from 11am
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Adults $34.95
Children (under 10) $17.95
5121 hopyard road, pleasanton • 925.460.0444
every day
ing destination. Oasis features kabobs,
rice and vegetarian dishes, to name a
few. Check out our updated wine and
exotic cocktail menus. We also cater!
Fontina Ristorante
349 Main St., Pleasanton, 462-9299.
This popular downtown restaurant gets
rave reviews from both locals and visitors. Fontina offers a changing, seasonal
menu and daily specials—including
homemade soups, pastas, seafood,
chicken and veal—served in a comfortably elegant atmosphere. We have
indoor and outdoor seating. Join us
for Saturday and Sunday champagne
La Vite Ristorante
3037-G Hopyard Road, Pleasanton,
485-4500. La Vite Ristorante was
rated “A” by the Contra Costa Times
restaurant critic and voted the best
Italian restaurant by the readers of
Chinese Szechuan
Szechuan Mandarin
the Tri-Valley Herald. We’re located
off the beaten path of downtown
Pleasanton in the Hopyard Village
Shopping Center.
Kokoro Sushi Japanese
Now open for lunch and dinner
daily. Take out orders and catering available. Serving a variety of
regular sushi rolls and Nigiri Sushi
daily. Full Japanese dining menu items
including:Teriyaki Dishes, Bento Boxes
Yakisoba, Udon Soup, Salads and
Appetizers. Business Hours: MondayFriday 11AM - 9:30PM; Saturday
12PM - 9:30PM; Sunday 5PM 9:30PM Phone: 417-2206 Located in
the remodeled Vintage Hills Shopping
Center at 3550 Bernal Ave #130 in
Sato Japanese Cuisine
3105-K Hopyard Road, Pleasanton,
462-3131. Makoto Sato, Owner
Operator has been serving traditional
japanese cuisine for over 25 years in
Pleasanton. Enjoy the variety of our
sushi bar and Japanese tempura and
teriyaki sushi. We are open for lunch
and dinner. We also do catering.
Open Tuesday through Sunday and
closed Monday.
Gay Nineties Pizza Co.
288 Main St., Pleasanton, 846-2520.
Gay Nineties is family-oriented with an
extensive menu, including our renowned
pizza, Italian dishes, salads and sandwiches. We also have wine, beer, patio
dining and games for kids. Come for
groups, take out and call-ahead lunch
orders. We’re open seven days a week
from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
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Author Visits
Douglas Kendall to Sign Books
at Borders Local author Douglas
Kendall will be signing his latest book,
“America’s Reigning Cats and Dogs,”
as well as “America’s Backside,” from
1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 8 at Borders, 4575
Rosewood Drive. Call 200-3200.
Career Workshop by Dear Jane
Rebecca, a.k.a. Dear Jane, will present her Career Tips Booklet and
answer questions about utilizing
recruiting and search firms to get a
job from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 9 at Towne
Center Books, 555 Main St. Her work,
“83 Tips for Working with Corporate
and External Recruiters,” is a practical
guide for job seekers.
Civic Meetings
City Council The Pleasanton City
Council meets at 7 p.m. on the first
and third Tuesdays at City Council
Chamber, 200 Old Bernal Ave.
Housing Commission The
Pleasanton Housing Commission
meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday
of the month at City Council Chamber,
200 Old Bernal Ave.
Human Services Commission The
Human Services Commission meets
at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of
the month at City Council Chamber,
200 Old Bernal Ave.
Parks & Recreation Commission
The Pleasanton Parks & Recreation
Commission meets at 7 p.m. on the
second Thursday of the month at City
Council Chamber, 200 Old Bernal Ave.
Planning Commission The Planning
Commission meets at 7 p.m. the
second and fourth Wednesday of the
month at the City Council Chamber,
200 Old Bernal Ave.
School Board The Pleasanton
Unified School District Board meets
at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth
Tuesday monthly during the school
year in the district office board room,
4665 Bernal Ave.
Youth Commission The Pleasanton
Youth Commission meets 7 p.m. on
the second Wednesday of the month
at Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353
Sunol Blvd.
Granada High School Class of
1989 Reunion The reunion committee for Granada High School Class
of 1989 in Livermore is searching for
classmates to celebrate their 20th
year reunion. It will be held Sept. 5,
2009. For information, visit www.
Basic Yoga Class Beth Fox instructs
this basic yoga class that meets
from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays at
Lynnewood United Methodist Church,
4444 Black Ave. No previous yoga
experience necessary. Limited class
Christmas Tree Lane presents
A White Christmas
Thursday, November 20th • Friday, November 21st • Saturday, November 22nd
Palm Event Center, 1184 Vineyard Avenue, Pleasanton
– FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2008 –
supplies available. Fees are $12 for
drop-in or $10 for pre-paid series.
Inquire about seniors or students
rates. Call 200-4060.
Chess Club Residents are trying to
start a Pleasanton Chess Club, primarily for kids. Anyone interested can
email [email protected]
Please provide email address, name,
phone number and USCF rating, if
any. Pleasanton.
Daughters of the American
Revolutions The Jose Maria Amador
Chapter of Daughters of the American
Revolution holds its monthly meeting
at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 8. Members are
descendents of the patriots of the
Revolutionary War of independence
from England. Prospective members
welcome. Call 699-4147.
Dive Trippers Dive Club Meeting
Come join us for the November meeting of the Dive Trippers Dive Club, the
Tri-Valley’s newest dive club. They meet
at 7 p.m. the second Thursday monthly
at Dive N Trips Dive Center, 1032
Serpentine Lane, ste. 108. Call 4627234 or visit
Hearing Loss Association of
America The Tri-Valley chapter of the
Hearing Loss Association of America
meets at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 at Valley
Community Church, 4455 Del Valle
Pkwy. Local audiologist Deborah
McMenamin will discuss over-thecounter and prescription drugs. For
more information, email [email protected]
Tri-Valley Holistic Moms Network
The group meets at 7 p.m. Nov. 17
at Living Vine Fellowship, 4100 First
St. Dr. James Stalker will discuss
Advanced Allergy Therapeutics (AAT),
which is a non invasive method of
allergy elimination without drugs,
shots, supplements or herbal remedies. AAT applies to all forms of
allergies. Call 922-7615 or visit www.
Free Family Concert If you like
the music The Carnival of Animals,
Pictures at an Exhibition, Peter and
the Wolf, and Star Wars, then you will
enjoy the free Family Concert, presented by the Pleasanton Community
Concert Band, at 2 p.m. Nov. 16
at the Amador Theater, 1155 Santa
Rita Road. Music teachers from local
schools will provide narration. Doors
open at 1:40 p.m. Call 846-5897 or
Keyboard Conversations with
Jeffrey Siegel Romantically inspired,
stirring compositions by one of
music’s most popular composers will
be performed at 8 p.m. Nov. 18 at
the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St.,
Livermore. Tickets are $30-$45 or $12
for students. Call 373-6800 or visit
Antique Roadshow and Tea
From 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 15 a local
antique dealer will do appraisals at
Lynnewood Methodist Church, 4444
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Association of University Women
provide tea and refreshments. Cost is
$15 for an appraisal, and $5 for tea.
Call 846-9136.
Blast from the Past Singles Dance
Single professionals of all ages are
invited to meet new friends while
dancing to hits from the �60s and �70s
from 8 p.m. to midnight Nov. 8 at the
Marriott Hotel, 11950 Dublin Canyon
Road. Sponsored by the Society of
Single Professionals, tickets are $20
at the door. Call 415-507-9962 or visit
Free Car Wash for Veterans Veterans
can receive a free car wash Nov. 11
at Autopia Car Wash, 220 N. L St.,
Livermore, and all Bay Area locations.
Lights of the Valley Tree Lighting
Join neighbors and friends for a warm
and meaningful evening of holiday
entertainment and treats from 6:30
to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Heritage
Bank of Commerce, 300 Main St.
A donation to Hope Hospice adds
a symbolic light or star to our Tree
of Life in honor of a loved one. Add
their name to our lighted Wreath of
Remembrance. Porcelain angels also
available. Call Pattie, 829-8770 or visit
Pleasantonians 4 Peace
Pleasantonians 4 Peace sponsors a
candlelight vigil in front of the Museum
on Main, 603 Main St., the second
Wednesday of the month. They will
reflect on the human and monetary
costs of the war, honor veterans who
have sacrificed and visualize ways
of moving beyond this conflict to a
more peaceful world. Following the
vigil is a peaceful march to City Hall.
Contact Cathe Norman, 462-7495;
Matt Sullivan, [email protected]; or
[email protected]
Sunol Junk �N Treasure Fest Sunol
Junk �N Treasure Fest, a reuse,
reduce and recycle fair, will be from
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Sunol
Community Park, off Main Street at
Kilkare Road in Sunol. It includes a
community sale and swap of gently
used items, ewaste collection and
recycling, as well as demonstrations
on recycling, composting, art and
crafting with reclaimed materials. It is
organized by Sunol 4-H Green Team.
Call 249-9004.
Disney Fine Art Event Alexander’s
Fine Art hosts the fine art of Rodel
Gonzalez, Disney Fine Art’s newest
sensation. Rodel will hand embellishes
six never-before- seen limited edition
releases from Nov. 1 to 15 at the gallery, 608-G Main St.
Farm Life: A Century of Change in
America Dublin Heritage Center will
offer a National Endowment for the
Humanities traveling exhibit on Farm
Life: A Century of Change in America.
It runs Oct. 21 through Nov. 19 at the
Dublin Library, 200 Civic Plaza. Call
Visual Improvisations A solo
show of paintings by award winning
Pleasanton artist Courtney Jacobs will
be on display from Oct. 30 to Dec.
1 at Bankhead Theater, 2400 First
St., Livermore. Jacobs’ non-figurative
work, created in oil and acrylic, is
an exploration of intuition through
abstract painting. Call 600-1573.
The End Of America This brand new
film, based on the bestseller by and
starring Naomi Wolf, will be shown
at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at the IBEW Hall,
6250 Village Pkwy., Dublin. Meet
and greet starts at 6:30 p.m., while a
short discussion follows. Snacks and
beverages provided. A $3 donation is
Animal Lover’s Boutique The ninth
annual Animal Lover’s Boutique is
from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 8 at the
Feline Medical Center, 3160 Santa
Rita Road. Featured items include animal-related gifts such as jewelry, toys,
fashion, greeting cards, home dГ€cor,
ornaments and more. All proceeds go
to the Valley Humane Society’s Just
Like New fund, which provides care
to animals in low and fixed income
families in the Tri-Valley. Call Jackie
Barnett, 846-2512.
Biletnikoff Foundation Celebrity
Crab Fest & Sports Auction The
9th annual Biletnikoff Foundation
event is from 6 p.m. to midnight Nov.
7 at the Marriott at Bishop Ranch,
2600 Bishop Drive, San Ramon.
Tickets are $120 and the attire is
casual. Greg Papa, Bay Area sports
broadcaster and radio voice of the
Oakland Raiders, will be the master of
ceremonies. Founded in the memory
of Tracey Biletnikoff, whose life was
brutally taken in 1999, the foundation enables young people to realize
their full potential through education
addressing problems related to substance abuse and gender violence.
556-2525. Tickets may be ordered
online at
Under New Ownership
Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive. All are
Heritage Estates Holiday Boutique
The seniors at Heritage Estates retirement community, 900 E. Stanley
Blvd., Livermore, are having a holiday
boutique from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov.
7 and 8. The event will include handmade crafts and home-baked goods
from our residents. Call 373-3636.
Holiday Extravaganza A holiday
luncheon from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 16
benefits the Museum On Main. A fashion show featuring fashions exclusively
from downtown merchants will be one
of the highlights. Tickets are $30. Call
462-2766 to reserve a spot.
Holiday Food Drive Pleasanton CPA
firm, JL Consulting, is coordinating a
holiday food drive benefiting people in
need served by the Alameda County
Community Food Bank. Donations of
nutritious, non-perishable foods can
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Free Gentle Yoga Mature adults
55 and older can participate in free,
gentle yoga at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays
at Groves Dublin Ranch, 3115
Finnian Way, Dublin. It is great for
increasing flexibility, strength, balance. Sponsored by Amador Adult
Education. Call 846-6417.
Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis Every
Tuesday through Dec. 30 from 1:45
p.m. to 3:15 p.m., Downtown Yoga,
220 B Division St., hosts a series of
gentle stretching movements that can
help to reduce stress within the body.
Call 462-5285.
A Holly Day Affair �Tis a merry time
to be jolly with friends at the Dublin
Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley
Blvd. Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres,
wine, dessert, raffle prizes and dancing to music of the 3 O’clock band
from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 30. RSVP
by Nov. 14. Tickets are $21 for residents or $25 for non-residents. Call
Craft Show Country Folk Art is back
at the fairgrounds Nov. 14-16 for the
Home, Holiday and Gifts craft show.
Admission is $7 or $6 with online coupon. Visit
Discovery Shop Holiday Store The
American Cancer Society discovery
shop holiday store, 1987 F Santa Rita
Road, is open through Dec. 20 with
decorations, trees and ornaments.
Proceeds benefit ACS.
Downtown Magical Evening From
6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 21, the public will
celebrate the holidays at Downtown
Magical Evening. Downtown will come
alive with the sights and sounds of
the holidays including Santa, elves,
carolers, choruses, bell ringers, Dana
Smith and Lacey, balloon sculptors,
face painters and Crackers the Clown.
Call 484-2199 or visit
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have dreaded are approaching, at
every turn you are faced with heartache from the death of a loved one,
divorce, loss of job, surgery, spouse
or child in Iraq. Father Padraig will
facilitate the evening at 7:30 Nov.
13 at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic
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Real Estate News
Buyers are showing a clear
enthusiasm for newly-built homes
that have solar power equipment
installed. Some believe this is the
boost that solar power systems
need to start selling in more
significant quantities.
In a slower real estate market,
homebuilders are especially
sensitive to incentives that catch
potential buyers’ interest. Buyers
have been showing up at new
home open houses where the
homes feature solar power. Part of
the response is curiosity; part of
it is a growing desire to decrease
energy costs in their new homes.
Retrofitting a home with solar
power equipment is costly, of
course, even though it holds out
the eventual promise of paying for
itself (often in roughly 20 years)
and providing the homeowner
with the pleasure of selling electricity back to the local utilities.
In many cases, the cost of purchasing of solar power equipment
is reduced by local, state and
federal energy-saving programs.
The possibility of buying a
new home that is fully equipped
for solar power, though, lessens
the sense that the buyer is paying a premium for the equipment. Some builders are using
the equipment much as they use
incentives like free landscaping—
and buyers are responding with
great interest. For help with real
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be dropped off at 1024 Serpentine
Lane, Ste. 105 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
weekdays until Dec. 19. Call 8461859 or email [email protected]
National Charity League Holiday
Boutique Shop for fashionable
accessories, unique jewelry, artisan
chocolates, pet accessories, school
graduation leis and cosmetics in a
home uniquely decorated for the holidays by Milfleur of Pleasanton. The
boutique is from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 18
at 1279 Hearst Drive. All proceeds will
fund our philanthropy projects.
ValleyCare Auxiliary Holiday
Boutiques The ValleyCare Auxiliary
will hold their annual Holiday Boutiques
Nov. 6-8 in the main lobby at
ValleyCare Medical Center, 5555 West
Las Positas Boulevard; Nov. 17 in
the lobby of LifeStyleRx in Livermore.
Boutique hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. or
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Kids & Teens
Return to the Center of the Earth
Step into the 19th-century imagination
of Jules Verne as La Legion Fantastique
visits the Pleasanton Public Library,
400 Old Bernal Ave., at 2 p.m. Nov. 8.
Larger than life Victorian-era science fiction characters share a tongue-in-cheek
report of an ill-fated expedition to the
earth’s core. For ages 8 and older.
Researching, Writing and Marketing
Historical Fiction At the next meeting
of the California Writers Club Tri-Valley
Branch, Janis Cooke Newman, author
of a novel about Mary Todd Lincoln, and
Jordan Biro of the California Council for
the Promotion of History discuss how
to research, write and market historical
fiction. The meeting is at 11:30 Nov. 15
at Oasis Grille, 780 Main St. The cost is
$21 for members or $27 for non-members. Call 462-7495 for reservations.
Live Music
The Kyle Eastwood Band Kyle
Eastwood brings his pop- and soulinfluenced music to the Bankhead
Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore at 8
p.m. Nov. 11. Tickets are $12 for students or $25-$50. Call 373-6800 or
visit And
yes, he’s Clint’s son.
On Stage
Miss Saigon “Miss Saigon” is a
classic love story brought up-to-date
in one of the most stunning theatrical spectacles of all time. Shows
run through Nov. 9 at the Bankhead
Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore.
Tickets are $36 for adults, $34 for
seniors and $26 for students. Call
462-2121 or visit
Shakespeare in Hollywood Las
Positas College, 3000 Campus Hill
Drive, Livermore, presents “Shakespeare
in Hollywood,” a madcap farce about
the creation of the 1935 Max Reinhardt
film version of “A Midsummer Night’s
Dream.” Written by Ken Ludwig, the
author of “Lend Me a Tenor” and “Moon
Over Buffalo.” Shows are at 8 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m.
Sundays Nov. 14 to 23. Tickets are $10
general admission; or $7 for students
and seniors. Call 424-1166.
Shakespeare on Tour The San
Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s
“Shakespeare on Tour” presents
Romeo and Juliet at 2 p.m. Nov. 16
at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400
Old Bernal Ave. This production has
a unique Californian twist with Day of
the Dead style masks and costumes.
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REI Ridge Trail Service Day The
Bay Area Ridge Trail Council and REI
host REI Ridge Trail Service Day from
8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 15. with 10
volunteer trail work projects around
the Bay Area. Call 415-561-2595 or
Brain Matters Lecture Kathryn
Tournat of Bella Menti Learning
Solutions will discuss how our brains
function, and how to tap the memories and thoughts in the corners of
our minds at 10 a.m. Nov. 14 at the
Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol
Blvd. Call 931-5365.
Bible Study Fellowship The 33-week
study of The Life of Moses begins Sept.
8. Women’s classes meet at 9:25 a.m.
Wednesdays at Cedar Grove Church,
Livermore; and 6:55 p.m. Mondays at
Valley Community Church, Pleasanton.
Men’s class meets at 6:55 p.m.
Tuesdays at Community Presbyterian
Church in Danville. Call 877-273-3228.
Choral Evensong Discover a uniquely
Anglican and beautiful choral worship
service at St. Clare’s Episcopal Church,
3350 Hopyard Road, beginning at 5:15
p.m. Nov. 9. Close the day with psalms
and hymns, then stay and enjoy the
fellowship of a potluck supper. All are
welcome. Call 462-4802 or visit www.
Christian Healing Rev. Steve
Maynard’s new five-week class is on
Christian healing, based on Charles
Fillmore’s book by the same name.
This classic book presents the basic
metaphysical teachings from the beginning of the Unity movement, and we’ll
be learning how to let these principles
live in our lives. The class is from 10
a.m. to noon Tuesdays or from 7 to 9
p.m. Wednesdays. Held at Tri-Valley
Unity’s Gathering Place, 7567 Amador
Valley Blvd., #120, Dublin. Copies of
the book are $10. Call 829-2733 or
Dedicated to the One We Love
Dedicated to the One We Love:
Peacemaking as Sacred Service is
the topic of Rev. Steve Maynard’s
lesson at 10 a.m. Nov. 9 at Tri-Valley
Unity Church, meeting at the Radisson
Hotel, 6680 Regional St., Dublin. The
service will also feature Marine Corps
Vietnam veteran Tony Mustapich,
who will speak about reconciliation, in
honor of Veteran’s Day, and will show
slides from his tour of duty in Vietnam
in 1965-66, as well as slides from his
recent return trip, which illustrate the
themes of healing, hope and inspiration. All are welcome. Call 829-2733
or visit
Faith Chapel Assembly of God
Faith Chapel Assembly of God, 6656
Alisal St., has Sunday school for all
ages at 9:30 a.m. and worship at
10:30 a.m., with nursery for both services. Children’s church, ages 3-12,
meets at 11:15 a.m. Women’s Bible
study meets at 10 a.m. Wednesdays.
A prayer at 6 p.m. is held the first and
third Monday of the month. Call 8468650 for more programs.
Returning Catholics Program
Inactive & Returning Catholics: Consider
this an invitation to take another look
at the Catholic church. We provide discussion of important issues in today’s
church, education on current belief and
practice. Tell your story and renew your
faith in a supportive and non-judgmental
environment. Meetings are from 7 to 9
p.m. Wednesdays at St. Elizabeth Seton
Catholic Church, 4001 Stoneridge Dr.
Call 474-2760.
Women’s Christian 12 Step Discover
how much comfort there is in the journey of recovery walking with the Good
Shepherd every STEP of the way. This
group meets at noon every Friday and
Saturday at Shepherd’s Gate, 1660
Portola Ave., Livermore. Call 443-4283.
PLC Girls New Player Festival
Pleasanton Lacrosse Club is hosting
a Girls New Player Festival for girls in
first through eighth grades from 1 to
3 p.m. Nov. 16 at Hart Middle School,
4433 Willow Road. It costs $39 and
includes stick and ball. Register at Space
is limited and sign-ups for 2009 spring
season are also open.
Support Groups
Parenting Your Aging Parent
Parenting Your Aging Parent is a
free monthly class designed for
baby boomers who are sandwiched
between the needs of their growing children, the needs of their aging
parents and other relatives, and their
own needs. Instructor Ruth Gasten
has taught parenting classes in the
valley for over 35 years. Classes are at
7 p.m. held once a month at Amador
Valley High School’s library, 1155 Santa
Rita Road, and the Nov. 19 class features Ann Fowler, a case manager for
Senior Support Services, offering help
in handling family conflict. Register at
426-4280 or sign in at the class.
Pleasanton Military Families
Pleasanton Military Families, a support
group for families of service members,
meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday
of the month. The group includes
families who have loved ones serving
in Iraq, Afghanistan and in the Global
War on Terrorism. Meetings are held
at a different group member’s home
each month. Call Chris Miller for information on the placement of a yellow
streamer for the military person on
Main Street and for information on the
group, 730-1604.
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